Detour suggestions

June 4, 2011

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Even though Interstate 93 north of Boston will remain open as 14 aging bridges are replaced on weekends this summer, the number of lanes available in the Medford area will be cut in half. So state transportation authorities are recommending that motorists who are not stopping in Medford or Boston consider alternate routes or take public transportation. Throughout the project, parking at the Anderson Regional Transportation Center in Woburn will be free from Friday night through Sunday for drivers wishing to connect with bus and commuter rail lines to Boston. For those continuing by car, here are recommended detours, with more information available at the state’s project website,

From near or inside Route 128

► Southbound drivers starting north of the project should take 128 (I-95) around Boston to Route 2, the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90), or Route 9 to reach Boston or destinations west, or to continue on to points south of Boston.

► Northbound drivers starting on the Southeast Expressway should take 128 north in Braintree to reconnect with I-93 north of Medford or continue on to the turnpike, taking the Pike west to reach 128 north.

From near or beyond Interstate 495

► Southbound drivers starting north of the project and seeking to reach regional highways to travel west or south (Route 2 west, Mass. Pike/I-90 west, Route 9 west, Route 1 south, I-95 south, Route 24 south, I-195 west, Route 25 east) should instead take I-495.

► Southbound drivers trying to reach Boston should take I-95 (Route 128) to Route 2 east, Mass. Pike/I-90 east, or Route 9 east.

► Northbound drivers from Cape Cod or other points south headed to Boston should use their regular route. Those headed north of Boston should take I-495 or I-95/Route 128 north to connect with other regional highways, including I-93 north of Medford.